Well its not the weather that is better than ever - that is just the same or worse. And no, its not because of the new fun palace pictured above. It seems to be opening soon and will be providing a maybe unwelcome antidote to the Wexford Festival Opera.
No, the real joy is that the opera so far this year has been crackerjack - and I am told that this evening's offering, La Cour de Célimène, is superb as well. So its great to be here in spite of the rain and cloud. It is sunshine all around otherwise - assisted by the totally amazing establishment Greenacres, carved out of the offices of a distinguished Wexford lawyer, Jimmy O'Connor, one of my board members during my time here 1967-1973.
I greatly enjoyed Gianni di Parigi yesterday evening. There was a really well balanced cast with a fearless soprano nailing her top notes - this was Zuzana Marova from the Czech Republic; and a delightful mezzo, Lucia Cirillo of whom, I feel sure, more will be heard. And the piece is lovely Donizetti at his bubbling best.
I greatly enjoyed also yesterday, two short works, Menotti's The Telephone and Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, an excellent 80 minutes or so in one of the large rooms in Whites Hotel. This double bill, advertised as Double Trouble, was most ingeniously directed by the really excellent Michael Shell who had impressed with his production of Wargo's Winners last year. I think that Mr Shell may be going places. And I see that he will undertake Cosi fan tutte at St Louis next year. He is very good at directing couples - what better piece then than Cosi?!
I had intended to go to the Gianni Schicchi in the same place this afternoon. But alas it was at 12 noon instead of 3:30 as I had assumed! So I will be at a concert instead - nice Beethoven and Golijov program with the Festival Orchestra conducted by Spanish-Venezuelan Carlos Izcaray.
This is in 45 minutes time - don't want to miss this so have to sign off now.